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Saturday, December 16, 2017

STOCKHOLM/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen.

Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten U.S. borders sharply for national security reasons, told a rally on Saturday that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants.

“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said. “Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

No incident occurred in Sweden and the country’s baffled government asked the U.S. State Department to explain.

“My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” Trump said in a tweet on Sunday.

Fox News, a U.S. cable channel that has been cited favorably by Trump, ran a report Friday about alleged migrant-related crime problems in the country.

A White House spokeswoman told reporters on Sunday that Trump had been referring generally to rising crime, not a specific incident in the Scandinavian country.

Sweden’s crime rate has fallen since 2005, official statistics show, even as it has taken in hundreds of thousands of immigrants from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq.

Trump’s comment confounded Stockholm. “We are trying to get clarity,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said.

The Swedish embassy in the United States repeated Trump’s tweet about having seen the Fox report, and added, “We look forward to informing the U.S. administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies.”

Trump has been widely criticized for making assertions with little or no supporting evidence.

He has said more than 3 million people voted fraudulently in the U.S. election, which officials say is false, and incorrectly stated that he won by the most decisive margin in decades.

Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom appeared to respond to Trump on Saturday by posting on Twitter an excerpt of a speech in which she said democracy and diplomacy “require us to respect science, facts and the media.”

Her predecessor was less circumspect.

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” former foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter.

Other Swedes mocked Trump by posting pictures of reindeer, meatballs and people assembling IKEA furniture.

“#lastnightinsweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!” Twitter user Adam Bergsveen wrote.

(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm, Andy Sullivan and Patricia Zengerle in Washington and Jeff Mason in Florida; Editing by Kieran Murray and Peter Cooney)

IMAGE: Passengers, among them migrants and refugees, exit the German ferry terminal in Goteborg, Sweden, in September 11, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Adam Ihse/TT News Agency/Files

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48 Responses to Sweden Mocks Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ On Fictional Refugee Incident

  1. Okay guys,

    Could Trump have confused Sweden with Sehwan? Pakistan, where a terror attack on a Sufi Temple occurred?

    Is this better or worse?

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    • Are you going soft in the head on us? He said Sweden and quoted Fox Entertainment that ran and entertainment story on immigration and crime in Sweden….which by the way was untrue. This is his typical MO…tell lies that “prove” his point and get his cult followers foaming at the mouth. The narcissist-in-chief thrives on drama and creating adulation for his brilliance. Don’t forget that, db.

      • Not soft in the head, Mama.

        But please imagine. He hears Sehwan attack. His hearing is iffy at 70. He mishears it as Sweden. Uses it in a speech. Meets the rightful scorn for the blunder.

        Now he has three choices.
        1. Admit his hearing is going.
        2. Admit he couldn’t remember the specifics.
        3. Somehow tie it into something he’d seen on Fox.

        In argument against 3, Carlson’s “report” was about immigration in general and had nothing of the immediacy of Trump’s statement.

        My pick of number one only requires Trump to be vain. Want the other side of that one?

        • I get it, good logical sequences. But….you forgot to factor in that his main objective in that speech was to whip up his cult members and raise the fear level. He did not care whether his “facts” were correct or not….since it’s just easier to say “fake news” than anything else after his has put that lie out there.

          • Trump has shown a criminal disregard for the accuracy of his statements. And anything he doesn’t like is, ipso facto, fake.

            But the scorn he’d earn by having us blame this on his hearing loss is one I’m eager to serve. Did you see NV John’s? Trump mishears “uncleared roads” and turns it into “nuclear codes”.

    • Gee….I sure hope the imbecile doesn’t “confuse” an unclear road with the nuclear code! We could have nuclear winter because of a winter storm.

      • I’m betting it’s Trump’s hearing.

        One can only shudder at the result when the word aplomb is used at a state function and he hears “a bomb”.

  2. This is what Teflon Donnie gets for having Faux “News” (i.e. Entertainment) on in the background when Steve Bannon is trying to explain what he is supposed to be saying.

    • No.

      They aren’t.

      The crime rates have been decreasing steadily for the last decade and there was NO terrorist activity.

      I think you need to rename to “slow” because you haven’t yet realized he’s flat out making this crap up!

    • I realize you are most likely a 9th grade dropout, but even so…have you bothered to inspect the data from Sweden on their decreasing crime rate since 2007? No? Didn’t think so. You people have bought into Trump’s lies about it and there are no facts on the planet that you will listen to. Go away and leave the intelligent grown-ups alone.

    • Cite some proof. “They said, I heard, the’re talking about it” does not cut it on progressive sites. According to Swedish officials, their crime rate is down.

      • if you see the reply below and follow up if you want to / in Europe Sweden Holland Germany France Italy Greece Italy have problems integrating the millions of refugees / migrants that have arrived /

          • Yes, I saw that you linked to an idiotic conspiracy theory site. You can’t link to Swedish government data, of course, because it would contradict your dumb racist lie.

          • A better answer would have been to link to data that backed up your assertion. You can’t do that, though, because you’re lying.

          • in Europe there are elections this year 2017 things are swinging right wing because of the problems with Refugees / migrants / Germany has started deporting refugees / migrants and has allocated 76 million Euros to pay people to go home / The UK has already gone Brexit for 2 reasons uncontrolled immigration and the EU court of human rights / if you are in a country and have arrived legally you dont support millions more coming in
            /now if you want data if you go to the EU website they give you all the facts numbers and so on Sweden is a special case they have a video saying existing people need to integrate with the migrants / it is up to Sweden that is want democracy is about
            / Multiculturasim was susposed to be enrichment of culture but integration instead reinforces cultural difference where people follow how they lived at home and do not integate

          • Yes, because you can’t find the Brå data that backs you up (BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EXIST), that makes me a troll.

            You are a liar and a racist.

          • I’m the sort of “twat” who thinks abuse is no substitute for facts. You are a racist and a liar.

          • Sorry you can’t back up your dumb racist lies! Let me help you out: crime stats in Sweden are gathered by the Brottsförebyggande rådet. Here is their website:

            http://www.bra.se/

            You will not find a single thing that backs up your falsehoods on it.

            I hope that helps!

          • why are you so aggressive /why the anger / people ask questions and have their own views why call people names/do you realise what it is like when who communities change racially and ethnically
            if you want to get across the point that mass immigration in Sweden has been no problem good /
            why be so aggessive /

          • you are not genuine /you have some sort of agenda /but you should not call people names /and there are serious problems in Europe and Sweden with the numbers of Migrants / immigrants and we will all see how this all plays out in future with the elections in 2017/

          • Weird how you got nothing but personal attacks. It’s because you made an assertion that is 100% not true and can’t admit that, on account of how you are a liar. Sweden is not having an immigrant crime wave, and that is NOT AN OPINION BUT A FACT YOU DUMB LYING IDIOT.

            I hope that helps!

          • PS: “hav[ing] their own views” and “lying” are two radically different concepts. Most children manage to grasp that.

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